Winter 2018

MWD’s Kightlinger: A WaterFix for California’s Delta is Long Overdue

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Jeff Kightlinger

In an exclusive interview with VX News, Metropolitan Water District General Manager Jeff Kightlinger explains the current status of the WaterFix project and what can be expected as the agency considers taking a majority stake in the infrastructure project.

Is California Ushering in the Electrification of All Transportation?

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Mary Nichols

VX2018 brought together electric vehicle leaders to discuss the future of zero emission mobility, right after California Governor Brown announced a new target to get to five million electric vehicles by 2030.

AltaSea Emerging as Global Ocean Institute in L.A. Dedicated to Building a BlueTech Economy

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Dr. Sandra Whitehouse

VX2018 covered the progress of AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles, an innovative project aimed at fostering a new ocean-focused "BlueTech" economy and increasing educational opportunities for Southern California.

Steve Westly: Global Shift to Cleantech Has Already Happened

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Steve Westly

Former California State Controller and investor Steve Westly addressed the VerdeXchange 2018 Conference to illustrate how the new Internet of Things data-driven economy is evolving from the oil and auto industry economy, lifting innovation to irreversible heights around the globe. Westly explains how California is playing a crucial leadership role.

Los Angeles Pros Preach Smart Governance to Achieve Smart Cities

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Rick Cole

VX2018 convened smart city leaders Brian Swett (Arup), Amanda Daflos (City of LA), Miguel Santana (LA County Fair Association), LA Controller Ron Galperin, Michael Kelly (LA Coalition), and Rick Cole (Santa Monica) to discuss strategies for using data and building public-private partnerships.